November 2010 Archives

nanogirl.pngDue to overwhelming demand, we've extended the deadline to the Teen Book Review Contest to  December 17th!  Now you'll have more time to submit reviews -as many as you can!- for us to post here on the blog! 

We'll be choosing the winners on December 23rd at 2:00 pm in the library's Meeting Room, located  on the second floor.  For more details, click here!  And if you've already sent us stuff, don't worry, those reviews still count!  Just send us more!   As we said before, the more you send, the better chance you have of winning one of three iPod Nanos we're offering!  The response we've gotten from all of you, especially in the last few days, has been terrific! 

Details about the contest can still be found by clicking here.  Good luck to everybody!

GreatGatsby.pngFirst time reviewer Catherine weighs in with a review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

The story within the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby takes place on Long Island, its focus switching between the two "eggs" of the Island, the East and West eggs. The inhabitants of the West Egg are lower class working citizens drastically different in wealth and connections from the wealthy citizens of East Egg leading extravagant lifestyles in lavish conditions extravagant. These two landmasses that make up Long Island are not only divided geographically by water but also socially by differing statuses. While it is not impossible to travel between the eggs, upon reaching the opposite egg one would face extreme difficulty in gaining acceptance. the people of the East and West egg do not mesh easily, or often. However Nick Carraway, the protagonist, is one of the rare exceptions to the divisions between the rich eggers and the poor. Nick breaches the barrier through a unexpected friendship with a mysterious exceedingly rich East Egger called Gatsby. An West egger at heart and economically Nick doesn't fit in on the East Egg, a outsider of sorts. It is through his friendship with Gatsby that Nick is introduced to the upper class social scene. Connected to both parts of Long Island and universally accepted to an extent by the inhabitants of both Nick experiences the lifestyles of both the rich and middle classes. This book chronicles Nick's exposure to the people of both eggs and his reactions. Nick is influenced strongly by the situations occurring on both circles of land. In the end me must decided whether to remain split between the two, not fitting in to either, or to cut loose and move.

I would recommend this book to my friends. It displays very different lifestyles, one filled with labor and the other with parties and economic security and how these surroundings affect the people in them. The characters within this book are well developed and intriguing, their emotions depicted in their actions. The Great Gatsby is filled with social drama and unexpected plot twists. I really enjoyed reading it.

Rating: Love it 

Thanks Catherine. Nice job.  And it goes without saying that the book is pretty popular with English teachers, so your very informative review will help a lot of students with understanding it. 

BTW Today's the last day to submit reviews for us to post on the Teen Central Blog.  If you'd like to send one to us, click here to find out how. 



Two Teen Book Reviews: Three Black Swans & Chains

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3blackswans.pngEmma's back with two reviews this time.  The first one's on Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney:

Missy Vianello gets assigned a project were you have to make up a hoax. The hoax can be pretending lamb bones are pterodactyl bones or selling fake gasoline made of corn. Missy decides that she and her cousin Claire are going to pretend to be identical twins.



antsy-does-time-neal-shusterman-197x300.jpgWe've got another review by Claire, this time on Neal Shusterman's Antsy Does Time

This book was about a boy named Antsy Bonnano. One day in school a kid named Gunnar tells him that he (Gunnar) is going to die in six months because of a disease he has. When hearing this Antsy decides to give a month of his life to Gunnar. Soon this becomes a school-wide trend and almost every student and some faculty members are writing up contracts to give a month of their life to Gunnar. At the same time, Antsy's dad has a heart-attack and causes the Bonnano family lots of grief and problems. This is an amazing book that will keep you reading till the end. 

Antsy Does Time was one of those books that you cannot put down. It is a great book and I would absolutely recommend it to a friend. There was lots of action and drama that kept you turning pages. Overall, this book was awesome. 

Rating: Love it!

Thanks again Claire!  And remember, if you would like to submit a review, you have until November 30th to get them in.  Details can be found here.

Teen Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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MOCKINGJAY.pngClaire's back with a review of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins' third and most recent installment in the popular "Hunger Games" trilogy:

This book is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen. She is captured by the rebels and taken to the long lost district 13.There she becomes their Mockingjay, or rebel leader. During the book she has to face many conflicts and fight perilous battles with her friends along side her to gain freedom from the controlling and evil capitol. Throughout the story, Katniss is also forced to make some very important decisions.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I would recommend it because it uses lots of authors' craft and is easy to connect to. Also, it was a very well written book with a great story and plot line. It was one of my favorite books that I have read recently and it is a very exciting book.

Rating: Love it 

Thanks again Claire for another nice review. 

Remember:  The deadline for submitting book reviews of you own is November 30!  So if you'd like to submit one or two (or five or ten) reviews of your own for us to post, as well as win an iPod Nano, click here to see how you can send us your submissions.




mysteriousedge.jpgClaire sent us the following review of E. L. Konigsburg's The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World:

This book is about a boy named Amedeo Kaplan. He just moved to St. Malo Florida and is neighbor to a very strange lady named Mrs. Zender. Amedeo meets a boy named William Wilcox when he first meets Mrs. Zender, and the two become friends. Mrs. Zender is moving to a retirement home and has hired Ms. Wilcox to help her pack and clean out her house. Amedeo and William help out and discover lots of information about Nazi Germany and Mrs. Zender's past life.

I would recommend this book to a friend because I really enjoyed reading it and I believe that many others would love it too. Also, it is a very fascinating book with lots of information about the Nazi's and art which I thought was very interesting and cool.

Rating: It's okay.

Thanks for the informative review Claire.  As always, should anybody else like to submit a book review for us to post, be sure to click here.


Teen Book Review: Inkheart by Corneila Funke

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inkheart-cornelia-funke-21237773.jpgHere's a new book review by Emma on Cornelia Funke's novel Inkheart:

Meggie, 12, has grown up with her father, Mo, who is an expert book binder. One day a mysterious figure named Dustfinger appeared in the rain. Mo, Dustfinger, and Meggie flee to Aunt Elinor's house. Meggie discovers that when Mo reads aloud he has the ability to "read" characters in and out of stories. Mo tells Meggie that when Meggie was a baby he accidentally read her mother into a story called Inkheart. Not only that, but Dustfinger, a fire eater, and Capricorn, a evil king, came out. Capricorn captures Mo, Meggie, Dustfinger, and Elinor. When Meggie figures out she has the same talent as Mo she is determined to save her mother and her father. Will her voice save everyone or will it destroy her forever? Prepare to read all night and read the best book ever.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Inkheart includes intense problems, thrilling action, and passionate characters. Every chapter is filled with suspense, making you want to read on. The topic of Inkheart is an unusual topic that conjures amazing images in your head while you read. Cornelia Funke has strong language and a captivating way of writing. I believe everyone should read Inkheart.

Rating: Love it.

Thanks for the great review Emma! We've got another review of yours coming up soon. 

Remember, if you want to submit a review to us but don't know how, click here to find out. 


Fans of Harry Potter

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charter.pngHarry Potter fans have lots of choices in fantasy titles for teens and we've put together a short list for you to explore.  Whether you like classic fantasy, adventure series, or fairy tales with a twist, this list has something you will enjoy. 

Teen book chosen for community reading initiative!

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bookthief.pngGreenwich Reads Together : a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book has selected The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The Book Thief is the winner of several awards including Printz 2007 Honor Book  and Best Books for Young Adults 2007.  Read more about this community initiative in this Greenwich Time article. 

Teen Book Review: Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

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MilkweedShot.jpgHere's a nice review from Alexander on Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed:

An orphan in Nazi-occupied Warsaw in 1939, Misha was a boy of the streets, innocent and invisible, until he met Uri and started living in a cellar below a barbershop. It was Uri who  created a family and a past for him. As Misha Pilsudski, he is a Gypsy. He has nothing, knows nothing and accepts the world as he finds it. Born nameless into a world gone crazy, Misha is free. He's happy to be a Gypsy; at least it's an identity. He can go anywhere and sleep anywhere, as long as he avoids the Nazis. "Everything is for me," he says, as he wanders his city. He marches alongside the Jews on the way to the ghetto, gives food to an orphanage, steals from the "fox fur" ladies and sneaks out at night to steal food to bring back to the ghetto. Underlying this story of war and the Holocaust is a young boy's search for a name and something to believe in. In the ghetto, Misha and his friends sleep like kittens huddled together under a braided rug. "In the morning light, most of us would begin to believe in mothers and oranges again," he says, but they debated whether or not to believe in angels and heaven. Eventually, Misha comes to think of the rest of Warsaw, outside the ghetto, as heaven. He finds a two-brick hole in the wall and crawls through it to get there. "In the ghetto all was gray: the people were gray, the smells were gray. Here everything was colors to me".

I would recomend this book by Jerry spinelli, to kids from ages 9-13. Because people will learn about what it was like the in the Warsaw Ghetto during the War.  Otherwise, there's not a good deal of background history given in this book. So go to  Greenwich Libary and pick up Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli.

Rating: Love it

Thanks Alexander for your enthisiastic review.  If anybody else wants to submit a review (or ten), click here to see how.   

11-12-2010 11-44-36 AM.jpgAlong with other libraries across the country, Greenwich Library will be celebrating National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 13 at 12:30-2:30 pm in the second floor Meeting Room.  Besides giving us a chance to showcase our YA related programs and services, National Gaming Day also allows us to encourage students to interact with peers from diverse backgrounds (as well as adults), share their gaming expertise and tips with others, come up with new gaming stratagies and just have some fun! 

We'll be offering various games, including Xbox (like Blur and the 2010 World Cup), Wii (Sports Resort; Mario Kart), Pokemon Card Games and board games, along with refreshments.  All are welcome!  For more details, click here.  And check out this brief video on Sports Resort: 

11-8-2010 12-55-13 PM.jpgMolly's third (nice going!) book review is on Matthew Skelton's Endymion Spring:

Blake Winters is bored out of his mind. His mother, Dr Juliet Somers, and sister Duck are loving the vacation in Oxford, but Blake misses his father and home in America. While browsing in the Bodleian Library, a book no one else can read bites him; a book that some people would commit murder to get; a book that bears no title, just the words Endymion Spring. What is the secret of Endymion Spring? And how is it connected with Johann Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press? Blake doesn?t know, but he'd better find out. Because someone wants the book. And this person isn't going to ask nicely.

This is a great book for a rainy day. The plot catches you right away and holds you till the last page. I really enjoyed it!

Rating: Love it 

Thanks again Molly!  And for those of you who want to submit book reviews of your own to be posted here on the blog, click here.

Teen Book Review: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

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11-5-2010 10-23-24 AM.pngMolly's back with another review, this time on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight:

Jora, Weyrwoman of Benden, is dead, and her Queen dragon Nemorth will soon follow. The bronze riders must ride in search of a girl to impress the next queen. But the Holds of Pern have grown to hate the Weyr. Nowhere is this more evident than in the High Reaches, where Fax has taken seven Holds. He disregards tradition, beats his Harpers for singing the Teaching Ballads, and does not believe that the hungry Threads will fall again.

But in Ruatha, last and least of Fax's Holds, bronze rider F'lar finds Lessa. She survived Fax's massacre of her family, and is now ready to Impress the baby queen, Ramoth. But the dragonriders face a great problem: The devouring Thread will soon fall from the Red Star, and only dragons can sear it from the sky. But during the last Threadfall, there were thousands of dragons. Now, only two hundred fly the skies of Pern. How can they hope to defeat their ancient foe?

Recommend?: I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Inheritance Cycle. Ms. McCaffrey is a wonderful author, choosing her words carefully and well.

Rating: Love it

Great job Molly!  We've got one more from you coming up next week!  Meanwhile, if any of you out there want to contribute a book review or two, click here to see how you can do it and maybe win a Nano in the process! 



Teen Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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janeeyre-thumb-323x500-9866.jpgWe've gotten another book review, this one from Molly.  It's on "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte!  Take it away Molly:

Jane Eyre is a penniless, lonely orphan who lives with her cruel aunt and cousins. When she is eight, she is sent away to Lowood School. She is a quick student and spends ten years at Lowood in relative happiness. But she grows weary of Lowood's confines, and advertizes for a position as governess. She is hired by Mrs Fairfax, the housekeeper at Thornfield Hall, to teach the master's ward, Adele. She soon realizes that there is something mysterious about Thornfield, but all thought of anything sinister is put out of her mind by the arrival of Mr Rochester, the master of the house. Against her better judgment Jane is drawn to him, and dares to think he feels something for her in return. But Mr Rochester has a terrible secret, a secret that could destroy all Jane's dreams of happiness and love.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Twilight saga and is looking for something a bit more challenging. I like Jane a bit more than Bella; I think Jane is a more self sacrificing heroine. I really enjoyed it.

Rating: Love it


Thanks Molly! 

We've got some more reviews  from Molly coming up in the next few days.  Meanwhile, if you want to submit your own reviews to us to post online, click here


IPod Nano Giveaway!

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teenmusic_sm.pngWe'll be raffling off three new IPods to teens who submit an original book review.  Students in grades 6 through 12 - select a great book to read, write the review and we'll post in here on the Teen Central Blog.  Each review gets you one chance to win.  See details here.

Greenwich Library Teens


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